Frequently Asked Questions
I’m an OLA member, does that not cover my Forest of Reading Registration?
Your membership is for the OLA and its divisions. This membership is separate from your annual Forest of Reading registration. However, as an OLA member, you receive a discount rate for Forest registration. For membership questions please contact firstname.lastname@example.org
or go to the Membership website
. Please ensure that your Forest registration is processed separately from your membership form.
When will I get my books? Why haven't I received my books?
All books ordered through the registration process are mailed by Tinlids Inc
. even though if they were ordered through OLA. If you have any questions regarding your order, please contact Tinlids directly at email@example.com
or at 416-665-5663 or 1-800-461-9397.
What is my password?
The passwords are provided in the email you received upon receipt of your registration. Please send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org
and we will send you the password once we verify your registration.
When will the password protected website for Forest registrants be available?
The password website
is available to use once you register. Resources such as activities, shared resources, voting information, downloadable information about the authors, and other resources will be available November 15.
Where are the tracking sheets?
Tracking sheets are how the readers can track their reading. They can be found under the password website
as of November 1 under Resources. Please note you must be registered in the current program year to have access to the password website.
How do I get an author/illustrator at my school or library?
On the password website
nominees have pages with all of their contact information. Also on the Nominated Lists
page there is a direct link to the nominees pages from there.
What is the deadline for submitting votes to the Forest of Reading?
For the school-aged programs (Blue Spruce, Silver Birch, Red Maple, White Pine, Peuplier, and Tamarac), the deadline is April 30. For Evergreen, the deadline is September 30.
How do I submit my votes to the Forest of Reading?
Please make sure you are registered. The Forest registration fee is an annual fee that is separate from your OLA membership. Visit the password website
and click on the Voting button in the top navigation. From there, you will be able to submit your votes electronically to OLA. We do not require paper hardcopies.
Is the Festival of Trees a free event?
No - the Festival of Trees
is a ticketed event that requires wristbands to be purchased. Every person (chaperones included) onsite at all the Festival of Trees requires a wristband – this is your ticket that you buy through the Forest of Reading website or the Harbourfront Box Office.
I want to order tickets to the Festival of Trees in Toronto. Who do I contact?
Tickets for the Toronto Festival are sold through Harbourfront Centre
on a first-come-first-served basis. For other satellite Festivals, the tickets are sold through the Forest of Reading. For more information, please visit the Festival of Trees' website
I disagree with a book that is on one of the nominated lists. Who do I contact?
Please contact the Chair of the Selection Committee
for the reading program with which you are questioning. Alternatively, you can contact the Co-Chairs of the Forest of Reading, Isabelle Hobbs
or Ruth Gretsinger
, or the Director of the Forest of Reading, Meredith Tutching
How can I get my book considered for next year?
The Forest of Reading does not accept books for consideration directly at the OLA office. For all submission information, criteria and procedures, please go to the Publisher Section of the website
Where do I find the previous winners of the Forest of Reading?
All previous nominees and winners from the beginning of each program can be found under the Nominated Lists
page - look for Archived PDF.
I would like these books in alternate formats. How do I get them?
A selection of the nominated books are available in a number of alternate formats. For more information please go to the Alternate Formats
section of the website.
I would like to get more involved in the Forest of Reading. Are there any volunteer opportunities available?
Yes! Thank you for your interest in volunteering with the Forest. Our Steering Committees and Selection Committees are all volunteer-based. Please visit the Volunteer section
for more information. You may also volunteer for our Festival of Trees’ event that occurs every May.